The Zaid store on Cowley Road, Oxford

As a change to sketching and drawing in the centre of Oxford I will sometimes venture out a little to explore different areas. One of these is along the Cowley Road. This has a colourful collection of eateries, fast food places, charity shops, bicycle shops, pubs, coffee shops and convenience stores. It is a bit […]

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A day trip to Marlborough

Last week I took a day trip to the old market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire – in search of inspiration and perhaps a little sketching. Marlborough is on an old coaching route from London to Bristol, Bath and to the west country and is perhaps most famous for its broad High Street, lined with […]

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Sketching in East Hagbourne.

East Hagbourne is a pretty village a couple of miles south of Didcot, in southern Oxfordshire. It has a handsome church, a 15th century stone cross and a core of thatched and half timbered houses – as well as a good pub. Here is a view of the village cross with ‘Tudor House’ and barn […]

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Sketching shops on the Cowley Road, east Oxford

The Cowley Road in east Oxford has a colourful mix of eateries, convenience stores, charity shops and pubs – and is a good spot for an occasional bit of urban sketching. Although the buildings here are a little rundown, there are still some interesting buildings-if you look. Setting up opposite a row of eateries this […]

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Sketching on the Placa de Quijano, Alicante

After doing a couple of sketches of the views over Alicante, I decided to drop down to one of the small squares on the edge of the old town. Here you are getting into an area with quite a few bars and nightclubs – which are mostly closed during the day. Finding a seat in […]

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